Torah Buzz Blog

The TBE Blog is the space where Temple Beth El’s Leadership Team members reflect on relevant topics that are most meaningful to us. Here you will find musings on everything from prayer to politics, music to mysticism and history to current day life. From our iPads, smartphones, and laptops to yours, these are the things that inspire us, keep us up at night, and fuel our own Jewish journeys.


High Holy Day Choir

It's time to register for our High Holy Day (HHD) choirs! I hope the you will lend your spirit and your voice to make our Hig...


Paper Clips

Last Friday, the rabbis and I had the privilege of welcoming six beautiful souls to the Jewish people as they reached the...


Thank You Sterling Elementary Volunteers!

Many years ago when the CMS superintendent called on houses of faith to partner with high-poverty public schools, Temple Beth...

Mitzvah Day Thank You

May 21

Days like Sunday make me proud to be a part of our Temple Beth El community. One of the privileges of being me on Mitzvah Day is that I get the opportunity to move from project to project on campus, dropping in and seeing all of the beautiful cards, journals, bags, and pillows being decorated, […]

Something for Everyone on Mitzvah Day by Karen Greenblatt

May 13

There’s something for everyone on Mitzvah Day.  We started in 1998 when our sons were just two years old, coloring paper bags that older kids would fill with toiletries (for the women’s shelter) or lunches (for the Salvation Army).  We also baked cookies, before someone realized, fortunately for the recipients, that toddlers handling cookie dough […]

Why I am Participating in Mitzvah Day by Jennifer Golynsky

May 08

I was contacted last year by Charlotte Family Housing and asked to provide some pro bono human resource consulting.  After researching the organization, I quickly agreed.  I held focus groups with the dedicated employees to gauge job satisfaction and learn about the population they serve. Due to the lack of local, affordable housing, Charlotte Family […]

Charting a New Course – Attend the May 6th Annual Meeting by Rabbi Asher Knight

Apr 23

The holiday of Passover reminds us that long-ago, Moses and the Israelites stood at a crossing and dared to make a covenant that would embrace generations past and generations not yet born. The Passover Seder reminds us that we are still in the covenant business, still in the daring business, still envisioning what lies on […]

Mitzvah Day – It’s About the Bagels by Rachel Choffin

Apr 22

I first got involved in Mitzvah Day as a little kid. My first memory of this event was the giant pile of bagels in the middle of the room – and then we (as a family) helped decorate bags for meal prep items/food to go home with the students at The Freedom School. When I […]

Sacred Ground by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Apr 16

On Sunday, April 7th, Temple Beth El Religious School third grade students and their parents took a field trip to The Hebrew Cemetery of Charlotte. Our third graders have been learning about Jewish life cycle events all year and the rituals around death and burial are part of their studies. This is not an easy […]

Why I Participate in Mitzvah Day by Jennifer Clark

Apr 15

Tikkun olam, the call to repair the world, is not only what drives me to click on the registration link and sign up for Mitzvah Day every year, but these words (and the sentiment and actions behind them) are an undercurrent of what connects me to the Jewish community in Charlotte and beyond. The many […]